I thought today, that we’d take a look at companies who create personalized books for kids. When I published my article about the importance and the benefits of reading to your kids, I already had this followup article in my mind: See, I know how much my own son Benni loves story time, but it becomes extra special when that story is all about him!
I’ve found three companies I’d like to take a closer look at. They all make personalized books either via Amazon or through their own websites. The first company I’m going to review really spells out what they do! So let’s take a look at Put Me In The Story.
What Are Personalized Books And How Do They Work
Personalized books are something very, very special. The difference in comparison with that “average” storybook is that YOUR kid is the hero in this book. There is no generic protagonist who you look at from the outside, but your kid is literally in the book and acts! That’s awesome and adds an entirely new twist to the excitement of any story time.
The way it usually works is that you visit the website of the company who prints these books and then the order process will talk you through every single step. They all work in a similar manner, which would be something like this:
You select one of their many storybooks. What I mean by that is that you will choose between a book where the protagonist, for example, is a firefighter saving a cat from a tree, or you choose one where the hero is a mighty knight saving a princess, or one where the hero is a football player winning the super bowl etc.
You get the idea, right? You pick the story that you want YOUR kid to be the hero in!
Now you would put in some personal information. Usually, you’re asked if your kid is a boy or girl, what his/her name is, their favorite color maybe and their favorite animal and the like.
This information is used to customize the book so that it will fit your kid’s personality. In our case, the hero should obviously be a boy, named Benni and wear green shoes (for example), as that is his favorite color.
Finally, you will have to select the “physical” appearance of your kid-hero in the book. Things like skin, hair and eye-color or body size may play a role here! Just choose the option that fits your kid best 🙂
What happens next
After checkout, the company will customize and personalize the book according to the information that you gave them. They will then print the customized book and ship it to you. That’s it! Now it’s time to have fun with your kid’s new book!
Option #1 – Put Me In The Story
This company creates personalized versions of top selling children’s books. In order to ensure you can easily find the type of book you are looking for, you can choose from the list of options given that quickly narrow it down for you. You’re sure to find exactly what you’re looking for, from Princesses to Pirates, Super Hero’s to Dinosaurs, Put Me In The Story has it all.
From the Put Me In The Story range of books I chose a book by National Geographic entitled “The Little Kids Book of Ocean Animals”. In this book, your child is taken below the ocean waves to learn fun facts about fish, mammals, plants, and reptiles that live in the deep blue sea.
This book is filled with beautiful full-color photos of all your favorite ocean creatures as well as many more. From dolphins to jellyfish, your kids are sure to learn plenty about life in the big blue.
Age Recommendation: 4 to 8 years
Option #2 – I See Me!
I See Me, have a huge range of books for you to personalize. Not only can you add your child’s name throughout the book, but you can even send in their photograph so that the leading character has their face throughout the story.
I See Me, has several different personalized ranges, including board books for babies and toddlers, hardcover books, photo books, coloring books, and gift sets.
The stories cover many different topics, from stories about your family dog to pirates, dinosaurs, unicorns, and fairy princesses. All the books have full-color whole page illustrations and fun imaginative stories your kids will love.
From the many books, they have available on Amazon, I chose “Goodnight Little (Child’s Name)”. This beautiful bedtime storybook, that includes your child’s name, birthdate and the year the book was given to them, as well as the sender’s name, is filled with animals and parades and written in the form of a lullaby. It was illustrated by Mary GrandPré, an award-winning illustrator who illustrated the U.S. editions of the Harry Potter Series of books.
Age Recommendation: 0 to 6 years
There are many more I See Me! Personalized books to choose from on the I See Me! website.
Option #3 – My Fairy Tale Books
My Fairy Tale Books have a large selection of personalized children’s books with stories covering many different topics, suitable for children aged from 0 to 12 years.
Their range includes:
- Baby Books
- Birthday Books
- Board Books
- Coloring Books
- Disney Books
- Marvel Books
- Nick Jr. Books
- Peppa Pig Books
- Pet Books
You can choose from either the hardback or soft cover options, provide a dedication message such as “with love from” or “we love you” along with the sender’s name. You will also be asked for the child’s gender and first name and can include a photo if you wish. All the books are filled with vibrant color illustrations to enthrall every child.
My Fairy Tale Books also have a range of personalized children’s gifts and music CD’s too, just in case you are looking for a personal present for a birthday or other special occasion.
From their collection, I selected “Little One Little One” a whimsical story that is great for preschoolers. It can help to teach your child about counting, animal recognition, rhyme and more.
Age Recommendation: 0 – 12 years
Many more personalized books are available from the My Fairy Tale Books website.
Your child is bound to be delighted to receive a personalized storybook from any of these three personalized storybook providers, as all offer a great product. I See Me, stand out because they are the only actual publisher, whereas the others are simply companies who personalize books that are published by other companies. I really like the “I See Me” range of books because you can also get the photo books that have your child’s face as the face of the lead character in the story. This is such a great idea!
Price wise, all the books are in a very similar price range, so there really isn’t anything to choose between them. Personalized books do cost more than regular books its true, but the sheer delight a child gets from finding themselves as part of the story is worth every single cent.
So that’s about it, I hope that you’ve found this information on personalized books for kids both interesting and informative.
And as always: Now is your turn! It’s feedback time 🙂 How did you like my article? Did it help you? What do you think makes a great story? Is the idea of putting your kid into the story important for you? Do you already own personalized books from a company I missed above? If so, what makes that company and their books special? As always: If you have anything to add, please share it with us in the comments below.
Have the best time reading with your children!
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